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Stranded Inside Lost Beacon


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The story in the last edition of Lighthouse Digest about the former Rochester North Pier Light in Rochester, New York, that may soon go the scrap heap, drew the attention of June Codding, a relative of George V. Codding who lived for many years in the old keeper’s house of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse in Rochester, brought back memories of a frightful account told to her by her husband Paul. In 1931, while servicing the Rochester North Pier Lighthouse, George Codding and his son, Floyd, became trapped inside the square metal structure when a severe storm struck the area. The sudden storm caused waves to wash over the pier, making escape impossible.

Also known as the Charlotte-Genesee Pierhead Beacon, this type of light structure was not designed with any living quarters. The inside of the structure contained only the fog horn and light equipment. The two men were forced to spend the night during the storm while the fog horn sent forth its warning blast all night long, which must have been quite an experience to hear inside the all metal damp structure.

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